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Who we are

  • The purpose of the Board of Laity is to prepare and encourage all people in a life of Christian discipleship.
  • We will work to Provide support and direction for the ministry of the Laity on the Local, District and Conference levels and to promote the observation of Laity Sunday.
  • Be a Connection between the Conference, District, and Local Church.
  • Focus on Building Relationship with District and Local Church Leaders.
  • Provide for the Training of Local Church Leaders, Local Church Lay Leaders, and Lay Members of the Annual Conference.
  • Develop and Promote Stewardship of Time, Talent, and Possessions


Conference Co-Leaders

Mark Manzi, Jesse Cunningham and Elisa Gatz 

Colay leaders

Conference Co-Leaders Mark Manzi, Jesse Cunningham and Elisa Gatz

Lay leader

Joanne Mendicino (Member at Large)


John Abney

John Abney (Chicago Southern District Lay Leader)

Lay leaders

Vivian Matthews and Donna Sagami (Chicago Northwest District Lay Leaders)

Tom Weber and Karen Bonnell

Tom Weber and Karen Bonnell (DeKalb District Lay Leaders)

Sue Layng and Kathy Dickerson

Sue Layng (Rockford District Lay Leader) and Kathy Dickerson (Elgin District Lay Leader)

News & Announcements


Shepherding Teams learn adaptive leadership

On Mar. 10 the Annual Conference Shepherding Team (ACST) and members from the six newly formed District Shepherding Teams (DST) came together as a group for the first time to mobiliz…


Annual Conference Mission Challenge

The mission challenge for the 2018 Annual Conference is to provide cleaning kit items through the Midwest Mission Distribution Center (MMDC).  MMDC, a 501c (3) organization, provides disaste…


2017 Journal now available

The 2017 Northern Illinois Conference Journal is available online and to purchase through for $11.

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NIC Reporter receives award

The Northern Illinois Conference Reporter took 1st place in the Print Publication - Newspaper category at the annual United Methodist Association of Communicators annual meeting in Philadelphia on M…